03/26/09: CoCo Graphics Editor ? by wmikrut, | Category: Programming | 4 comments - (Comments are closed)

CoCo Graphics Editor ?

I have recently registered the Rainbow IDE and it is a NICE utility! I don’t even know how I did it before with the EDT Cart!

I have worked through understanding all the new ( I say new because my days were spent pushing a CoCo2 back in the day) registers and most of their functions (Thank you RG!)

One thing I would like to know is if anyone knows of a utility I can use to create sprite images. My guess is this would need to be a CoCo3 util so I can get the colors right.

I need to take an image and break it down into binary for inclusion in my programs. I already read some good advice from 6809er — and now I would like to put it to work!

Thank you!!

4 comments to CoCo Graphics Editor ?

  • RobertGault

    That’s not a simple question to answer. Probably the best Coco3 graphics editor is CocoMaxIII. However, that does not mean it will be simple to take graphics composed with CocoMaxIII and import it into an ml program as sprites.

    Most programmers for the Coco probably created their own sprites within the source code for their program. It is not hard to lay out grids using binary data, for example:
    [code:1:d819ef47ef]
    spriteA fcb %00000000
    fcb %10000001
    fcb %01000010
    fcb %00100100
    fcb %00011000
    etc.
    [/code:1:d819ef47ef]

  • wmikrut

    Hello Robert,

    I didn’t suspect it would be… but I thought I would ask.

    I suspected I would need to create some bit form of my character with a corresponding color map. Unfortunately, I am not a “graphics” programmer — however, I understand the concepts.

    That’s what’s great about the CoCo… so many ways to accomplish something, and no single right or wrong way to get there!

    Thank you!!

  • 6809er

    One thing I would like to know is if anyone knows of a utility I can use to create sprite images. My guess is this would need to be a CoCo3 util so I can get the colors right.

    I need to take an image and break it down into binary for inclusion in my programs. I already read some good advice from 6809er — and now I would like to put it to work!

    Thank you!!

    If you can wait a few days, I’m working on some code that should help you over at CoCo4.com. I can give you more details once the coding is done.

    Let’s just say that will do just what you want and it will be free. You will need an account on the site to access it.

    Steve (Rampage) Bjork

  • wmikrut

    If you can wait a few days, I’m working on some code that should help you over at CoCo4.com. I can give you more details once the coding is done.

    Let’s just say that will do just what you want and it will be free. You will need an account on the site to access it.

    Steve (Rampage) Bjork

    Hello Steve!

    I have recently been able to draw my game board and get all my graphics drawn on the screen. However, each time I go through the code – I wind up re-writing some routines to make them more efficient (Currently it it’s 4th revolution).

    I am excited to see the new software on CoCo4.com and how it can help!